27 August 2013

We're so excited to announce our newest member of the Black Sheep team, Claire Illes. With a background in corporate travel and with the Department of Conversation, Claire is eager to don her cape as the Administrative Superhero of our New Zealand office. Welcome, Claire!



28 August 2012

Check out our September Special Offers, including a FREE upgrade for a night's accommodation at the exclusive Blanket Bay Lodge in Queenstown and a FREE helicopter flight from Milford Sound to Queenstown. Conditions apply. Click here for our Special Offers Newsletter.



13 August 2012

We're excited to announce the launch of our new Self-drive tours. The next best thing to having a Black Sheep guide is having a Black Sheep guide's Trip Notes, personalized for you so you can hit the road with confidence. Our Self-drive packages include accommodation, rental car, those better-than-a-guide-book Trip Notes, road atlas, Black Sheep meet and greet and orientation, and so much more. Check out our latest newsletter for more information and the chance to WIN a Brian Flintoff carved pendant.



13 September 2011

Air New Zealand is currently running a fantastic airfare deal from the US to New Zealand for October/November 2011, just in time for our spring Experience and Adventurer tours. Sale ends September 20th, so be quick to take advantage of this great special. Check out our latest newsletter for details or visit the Air New Zealand site.

Also, check out the highlights of our new-look Southern Adventurer tour. More walking/hiking in New Zealand's spectacular national parks interspersed with signature New Zealand adventures gives this high-value-for-money tour wide appeal for the young and young-at-heart.

Hope to see you Downunder soon!



28 March 2011  New Trip and Social Media Sites Launched

Our latest newsletter announces the launch of our exciting new trip, the South Island Sampler, as well as our new Facebook and Twitter pages. 

To help our Christchurch neighbours rebuild their community, we are donating one dollar to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal for each 'Like' we get on our website or Facebook page. It costs you nothing and is an easy way to help a great cause. Just click 'Like' on our home page or Facebook page, or check out our newsletter for more details.



2 March 2011 Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan Makes Appeal

Last week, Phil Keoghan, host of The Amazing Race and a former Christchurch son, made a dash back home to do a prime time newscast for CBS news from the site of the earthquake. As part of his report, Keoghan made an appeal for Red Cross donations; however, he also said that a vital thing was to get an accurate message out to Americans. According to Keoghan, the US thinks New Zealand is a flattened disaster zone. 

'The worst thing that can happen is that people stop getting on planes and stop visiting here. No matter what fundraising people do, it's a drop in the bucket compared to tourism.'  (Sunday News)

Once again, thank you to all those who have been asking after us at Black Sheep and sending their thoughts and prayers out to those in Christchurch. Kiwis have a huge, generous spirit and have rallied as a country to help those in need. Many overseas have also asked how they can help. Following is a link to the Red Cross Earthquake Appeal: http://www.redcross.org.nz/donate. But as Phil said, another way to help is to continue with your plans to come to New Zealand. (Update: The Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is now closed. Thank you for your support.)



23 February 2011 Offers of Help

Those in our Black Sheep fold have enquired if there is anything they can do to help during what has been described as New Zealand's darkest day. The following link provides information on ways to donate to the Christchurch earthquake appeals being launched: Christchurch Earthquake Appeal. Thank you so much for your well wishes and offers of support. Black Sheep will be doing what it can to help. (Update: The Red Cross Christchurch Earthquake Appeal is now closed. Thank you for your support.)



22 February 2011 Christchurch Earthquake

The beautiful city of Christchurch was struck by a terrible earthquake this afternoon. Our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Christchurch and their families. Rest assured to the friends and families of those travelling with us, there were no Black Sheep in the region at the time of the quake. If you have concerns or wish to contact anyone on tour, please feel free to contact us here in New Zealand at worldinfo@blacksheeptouring.co.nz, phone +64 3 540 3221 or in the US on 1 800 206 8322.




1st December 2010          Summer Downunder

As our northern hemisphere friends pull out their winter duvets and pull on their puffer jackets, we're heating up the BBQ and welcoming the summer. Check out our latest newsletter for the what's new at Black Sheep in 2011.




7th September 2010 Shaken, But Not Stirred

Thank you to all who expressed their concern and well wishes regarding the recent earthquake in Christchurch. While parts of the city and outlying towns received property and roading damage, there thankfully was no loss of life. We were gently nudged awake here in Nelson and the earthquake was felt as far away as Wellington in the North Island; however, areas outside of the Christchurch region were unharmed by the quake. The New Zealand government has been swift to respond and will be assessing the extent of damage in the weeks to come. 

While we don't anticipate the shake-up to significantly affect any Black Sheep trips, we will advise our travelers if any itinerary changes are required. 

Best wishes,
The Black Sheep Team



28th August 2009 For Clarification

In recent news, a river rafting company based in Queenstown called Black Sheep Adventures Ltd. was fined following the death last year of an English tourist. The company, formed in 2006 and trading as Mad Dog River Boarding, is in no way related to Black Sheep Touring Co. Ltd., incorporated in 1994.

Our sincere condolences go out to all those who were affected by this tragic event.

Kind regards,
David & Kim